Washington Evacuation-Pilot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The pilot who was in charge of the small plane that caused a panic in Washington two weeks ago has lost his license.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has issued an emergency revocation of the license of Hayden Sheaffer. But it says no action will be taken against his student, who was also in the plane.

The agency says Sheaffer "constitutes an unacceptable risk to safety in air commerce."

The small plane strayed to within three miles of the White House, causing the evacuation of thousands of people from that building, as well as the Capitol and the Supreme Court.

Sheaffer's student, Troy Martin, had logged just 30 hours of flight time. But he was in control of the single-engine plane when a U.S. Customs Service helicopter and a military jet intercepted it.

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